Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholar and musician Dr. David Greenberg of the Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences and Department of Music at Bar-Ilan University has had an incredibly productive year. His scholarly work alone includes:
3 Journal Articles and an Upcoming Book
We may pick a favorite singer because we’re attracted to their personality.
Analyzing the personalities of 80,000 fans and 50 famed musicians, Dr. Greenberg was part of a team of psychologists from four major universities that found that musical preferences are influenced by the public persona of the singer or band. “The self-congruity effect of music” was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Your musical preferences can help predict your personality traits.
Dr. Greenberg is also a co-author on an article, ‘Just The Way You Are’: Linking Music Listening on Spotify and Personality, that investigates the link between personality traits and music listening behavior. Published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, the article shows that musical preferences and habitual listening behaviors can predict the Big Five personality traits (extroversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism) with moderate to high accuracy.
Elevated autism diagnoses in transgender individuals?
A third article, in press at Nature Communications, is entitled “Elevated autism diagnoses and autistic traits in transgender individuals: a study of over 600,000 individuals.” (Dr. Greenberg is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Autism Research Centre in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge.)
Psychology and the musical mind
Dr. Greenberg recently signed a contract for an academic trade book with the prestigious Oxford University Press, due to be published in 2021. Working title: The Song is You: How Psychological Science Explains the Musical Mind.
2 Large Investigations
Town and Gown Meet
Dr. Greenberg is only in his first year of the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next!